WiP - Loss

  It was a sad two weeks here - last Monday, Tycho collapsed and died. He'd been failing since the beginning of August, so there was a small sense of relief that he was no longer suffering, but sadness at the end of the Wedge and Tycho era.

I was able to sit with him until he passed away, wrapped in his favorite quilt.

So the sewing room was slightly neglected during this time. I did manage to finish off a couple things, some with deadlines, but some that are missing their deadlines. {Sorry, Mom!}

I took a class with Pam Clarke almost a week and a half ago now, learning a whole bunch of FMQ techniques. Some I like {clamshells! orange peels!} Some I hate {pebbles!} I can't wait to get this piece bound and wash out all the marker so I can see how I really did.

I used some of the techniques immediately on my sister's Christmas tree skirt. I'll get better pics once I bury the threads and cut away the excess batting. And then mail it - haha, I don't have to bind this one!

I finished off a mini quilt for the Lori Holt swap. And I really should have gone darker on the jar lids.

I finished the last two blocks and attached the last Olaf borders. I already have the backing, so this will get longarmed soonish.

I've been working though this one as a leader/ender. {Hence why there's a missing block set in the middle there.} I pulled all the finished rows to the right so I knew what needed to be worked on - I've just been grabbing random sets.

And that's about it. Which, given the circumstances...

See also: Oh ScrapBoMs Away, Design Wall Monday, Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap Challenge, WiP on Wednesdays, WiP Wednesday

Finish Along - Fourth Quarter Goals

Since the third quarter wasn't very productive on the finishing thing {because of the little, insignificant, moving-halfway-across-the-country thing}, I'm posting this early and getting moving on the list.

Once again, this is a repost of my neverending UFO list, with a few specific items highlighted as must-dos in this quarter.

Orders
Family T-Shirt Quilt #2 - in progress {my only finish last quarter!}
Chevron Baby Quilt - cutting
Matching PJ set - ordered
Gobble Gobble Mini - ordered
Pillow Shams - ordered
Vera Bradley Stars Quilt - ordered
Witch Table Runner - ordered
H is for Henry - binding
Squadron T-Shirt Quilt - ordered
How Charming Twin Boy Quilts - ordered
Rainbow Boat Quilt - piecing, due Nov. 15
Wedding Quilt #1 - cutting
Wedding Quilt #2 - ordered, due Jan. 15

I'm kind of freaking giddy about how awesome this came out. Like, I can't describe how much. It's a level of professionalism that I never felt my quilts had, because I couldn't free-motion quilt at home and my straight lines were...boring. And usually not very good, with puckers and all. All the sudden, I feel like I'm making REAL quilts.

And kids, this is just a panto. Wait until I get the nerve to really quilt something. I'm studying up all the free-motioning quilting blogs and practicing doodling with my elbow off the table. {I'd go get some of the books from the base library, but the government shut down. Libraries are non-essential.}

And oh, there will be a finished post tomorrow. Because when you're this giddy about a quilt, you get the binding on that.very.night.

Halloween Costumes

Creeper for the Dude
Yoda robe for my cousin's kid

To Be Quilted
Layer Cake Quilt Along
Skorca!
Christmas Stars
Four Patch Frenzy 1
Frolicking Pinwheels 1
Heart Table Runner
Leftover Bunting Quilt
Nine Patch Snowballs
Ornament Table Runner
Pink Hunter's Star
Postage Stamp Table Runner
Sunkissed Pillow
Swoon

How Charming Girl {actually already quilted, but out of binding fabric}

Swoon will be my Blogger's Quilt Festival quilt this fall. I started piecing the backing, and scheduled some rental quilting time after my sister's wedding. This is happening!

Partially Pieced
 Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2012
Boardwalk
Cat Tails
Four Patch Frenzy 2
Fat Quarter Stars
Frolicking Pinwheels 2
Log Cabin Shoes
Polaroid Quilt
Saturday Sampler 2012
St. Paul's Cross

Strip XOs
Woven Snowmen
Flirt Marks the Spot
Cat Flying Geese
Cars
Toy Story 1
Toy Story 2

Okay, I missed her birthday and the submission of her doctoral dissertation. But I still have Christmas, right? Or her dissertation defense?

Just Needs Borders
Central Park Sudoku
Chunky Log Cabin
Summer Drinks

Planned {as in, I already own the fabric}
Cardinal Charm Tesselation
Coffee panels and yardage
Lone Star
Pez Schnibble
Voila Pumpkin Kit
Bonnie & Camille Spin City
Monkey Jelly Roll
Trip Around the World
California Girl Double Hourglass
Hello Luscious Avignon Picnic
Mason Jar quilt
Homespun + Jeans
Star Wars Pixelated

Scrap Project {as in, scraps that are partially pieced in some way and enough to make a mini or pillow, or there's enough that I can get another entire quilt out of it and am therefore unwilling to separate them...}
Civil War Scraps
HST Joy Scraps
HST Swoon Scraps
Winnie the Pooh Scraps
Sew Cherry HST Scraps
Fairy Scraps
Saturday Sampler '11 Scraps
Pink Hunter Star Scraps
Blue Hunter Star Scraps
Steelers Scraps

Small Project {already in some stage of production}
OU/OSU Bunting
Crayon Rolls
Car Organizer

Red Suede Purse

Linked
She Can Quilt Finish-Along

Weekly Progress - Selfish Sewing Week

This past week was "Selfish Sewing Week" hosted by Imagine Gnats and Made with Moxie. I didn't really have time for true selfishness, but I used it as an excuse to put aside St. Paul's Cross for a week and just sew on whatever other project I felt like.

And after plodding through eight-blocks-a-week, it feels good to post all this.

Applique finished, borders on, backing purchased, quilting time scheduled.
BOO-YAH.

{How Charming - Quilt in a Day}

More like Quilt in an Hour. Easy peasy pattern. I made it in girl prints first to test my math skills - I have three charm packs and three quilts to make, so I'm not quite following any of the given sizes of the pattern. And a good thing I tested - I miscounted the needed charms, so the twin boy versions will be smaller, but with added borders.

The twin boy versions are an order from my mother-in-law. The girl version will go to Project Linus, squeaking in just under the wire for 100 Quilts for Kids. It'll be first up in the quilting time scheduled for later this week.

Speaking of quilting time - so the Fifteen Minute Challenge this month was learn something new. {I know I've mentioned it once or twice.} Paper piecing and applique weren't quite new, but required a bit of relearning since I don't do them often.

This was my brand new skill for the month. Long arming! There's a place in town that rents time on their machines, and my husband is a big fan of "try before you buy a $10k machine."


{Just kidding. There's no way he's buying me one.}

I loved it. I mean, it's terrifying. Those machines are huge and they can whip across a quilt fast. But as someone who was tried and tried and tried at free-motion on my home machine, it was wonderful. I'm not at all anywhere near perfect, but my first attempts with a panto were huge strides beyond my attempts at home.

{Mine are the middle flowers. The perfect ones on the left and right are my instructor's.}

My freehand is still a little shaky - and I hate chalk; it disappears in seconds with all that vibration. I'll definitely be marking my quilts at home with a marker in advance once I get the confidence to go free hand.

And in unfinished projects, another pile of my sister's wedding quilt blocks, taped to cardstock and ready to go.

Another couple of blocks added to rows.

All that piecing led to lots of leaders/enders becoming blocks.

And in my most selfish sewing, I started piecing the back of Swoon. And it's a top-super-secret until the Blogger's Quilt Festival, so this is all you get.

Whew. Nice week, huh? I decided I'm going to try to piece four St. Paul blocks each week, freeing up time for other things so it doesn't get paper-piecing-tedious as fast. It'll take five weeks to finish, but I'm still on track for a Christmas finish. {Since I've missed her birthday and dissertation submission.}